Men pass in front of a billboard during the Great Depression.

On Thursday, I put together my thoughts in an article about nontrivial, escalating geopolitical tensions which I felt might be going unnoticed due to the pandemic; I also presented my view that a stimulus likely won’t work — in modern times, we’ve never tried to stimulate an economy before on lockdown. I briefly touched on capital preservation strategies I would advise retirees and mentioned a scrappy mindset folks from all walks of life could muster to weather the storm on the horizon.

My thesis about an unsuccessful stimulus is predicated on the view that money can’t travel through the economy…


Punishment of the Sons of Corah by Sandro Botticelli

I called a family member in Boston and shared my thoughts on two topics I am deeply concerned about — i. ramping geopolitical tensions which are going unnoticed against the backdrop of the pandemic and ii. my view that any economic stimulus during a prolonged, multinational quarantine is doomed to fail. I told him what I would do if I were in his shoes: a retiree worried about the prospect of losing his savings. Later, our conversation turned to some strategies which might be helpful for folks of every walk of life to consider. I hope this can help.

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I dropped out of Stanford to co-found ink with Slovenian entrepreneur and technologist Denis Benic. We created the company to be the new face of printing. Like a lot of start-ups before us, we chose our validating market to be higher-ed.

I don’t think Denis and I would have ever told you we envisioned ourselves innovating in the printing space. My passions were bringing soul, beauty, strategy, and substance to ideas at the frontier; Denis’s passion is the ideas. But as we peeled back the layers of printing, it was just too mind boggling not to explore. …


A crew of unknown men mosey into a chip manufacturer in China and say, “to hell with the blueprints, jam this pencil-tip size chip in the middle of everything; if you do, you get a bunch of money; if you don’t, you fail your next inspection and your factory is done.”

In Bloomberg Businessweek’s “The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate America’s Top Companies,” Jordan Robertson and Michael Riley identify the bad actors as “middlemen” and go on to describe how, through the implant, they likely infiltrated the backbone of 30 prominent US businesses, including Apple…


Shattered Heineken Bottle (Kieran Dwane Photography) by Kieran Dwane Photography (flickr)

Originally published February 2, 2018

Blockchain is a useful technology which allows us to assemble data in indestructible way at high velocity. The high rate of velocity owes itself to an incentive structure at the core of most current blockchain architecture.

The more data you assemble, the more rewards — cryptocurrency — you receive. With the cryptocurrency rewards, you would pay to use a blockchain protocol which makes use of the data. …


Last week, I attended the retirement party for my father held in Gloucester, Massachusetts, a city on the North Shore of Boston. Trained as a civil engineer, upon graduation from Northeastern, Joe Manzi Jr. joined a 12-person construction company building concrete water storage tanks. He worked for the same company for thirty-eight years, helping it grow to become the largest company of its kind in the world. My father rose to SVP at the firm and became one of the industry’s foremost experts in matters related to the structure and integrity of tanks holding the drinking water of a whole…


In January, my Lyft driver, my barber, and a friend’s friend who runs an alternative medicine practice in Kentucky all had cryptocurrency trade tips.

Since January, the aggregate market cap of all cryptocurrencies declined by 75 percent.

The rapid rise and fall of cryptocurrency prices isn’t an indictment of the viability of distributed ledger technology, the architecture they sit on. Instead, it reflects the collective appetite for people all over the world to speculate on new technology prior to its adoption. …


“Technology marches in seven-league boots from one ruthless, revolutionary conquest to another, tearing down old factories and industries, flinging up new processes with terrifying rapidity.” — Charles A. Beard

The Businessman vs. the Engineer

Beard, a prominent historian at Columbia University in the first half of the 20th century, was a contemporary of Thorstein Veblen, an economist and social scientist — they shared similar ideologies.

Veblen was born on July 30, 1857 on a farm in Cato, Wisconsin. His parents were immigrants from Norway, and he had eleven brothers and sisters. Veblen studied and taught at the country’s most…


In a recent Medium post, I wrote about how we are approaching a defining moment for blockchain technology and its financial technology application, cryptocurrency. I further highlighted how the lack of understanding of blockchain technology among US law makers and regulators has stymied innovation, and how the success of blockchain technology — which has revolutionary and immediate real-world applications — will likely be predicated on Silicon Valley’s willingness and ability to adopt it.

Since writing this post, we’ve seen US lawmakers demonstrate a startling lack of understanding of the benefits and risks of one of the world’s most used, and…


Historically, Silicon Valley has been a bastion for innovation. It’s a place which embraces grandiose ideas for how the future might look and where a “betting the farm” mentality is celebrated. People from all walks of life come to Silicon Valley to help build and nurture our future. Founders and early employees wear scar tissue with pride. As long as lessons were learned hopping from one “what if” to the next, and integrity intact, a shot at tomorrow’s rocketship moment remains, even if prior attempts stalled out on the launchpad.

Blockchain technology is by no means new. Satoshi Nakomoto published…

Jonathan Manzi

Co-Founder and CEO of Beyond and ink. Love, mission, service.

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